I love the Italian culture, appreciate the warmth of the people, love the food and adore the wines. My fondness of the wine can be described as a “coming home” experience. While I do enjoy many Italian wines, the Brunello di Montalcino is always on my must drink list.
At last night’s Bin 75 tasting I had the opportunity to savor several vintages of Brunello di Montalcino from Tenuta Il Poggione, including a 2004 Riserva. The 2005 was good, 2006 even better with tons of potential and the 2004 Riserva was simply spectacular. Not to be overshadowed, the Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana and Rosso di Montalcino were a formidable appetizer to the Brunellos.
Seeing that the wine list at the Bin 75 tasting included Brunello, I knew I needed to go. Having the wine maker, Alessandro Bindocci, on hand to introduce the wine, describe the cultivation of the vines and express the respect given to the land enhanced my appreciation for an already beloved wine. Their philosophy for vineyard management and estate self-sufficiency is admirable. Alessandro will gladly explain this philosophy in detail if you are lucky enough to attend one of his tasting or even more fortunate to visit him at his vineyard.